Original Shrine Category

ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • First of all: It wasn’t us! When Father Pablo Pol’s message was spread about the letters sent to the Blessed Mother in the Original Shrine that broke the jar, many said to themselves, “But the last time we delivered letters via Schoenstatt.org the jar was still in perfect condition! This Christmas, just in case, we put the more than 750 letters in a paper bag, which was placed next to the old jar, which for the moment replaces the one that was broken. —  Read More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Father Pablo Pol, Rector of the Original Shrine  • A few weeks ago, something very special happened. The jar that contains the letters, petitions, offerings, in short, the entire Capital of Grace of the Original Shrine, was broken. As you can see in the photos, the letters that arrived with petitions to the Blessed Mother from all over the world were placed with great enthusiasm and the jar could not withstand it…it simply broke. —  From the outside, one might think that it is simply a mistake andRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Roberto M. González • All of us who have had the grace, as some like to say, to visit Schoenstatt – Original Schoenstatt – with its forests, houses and shrines, have fallen in love with the place, its peace and its beauty. Independent of the season during which we visit Schoenstatt, we feel at home, both for its family-like hospitality and the place itself. It is a dream and a blessing to be in this “Land so warm and dear”. –   For many it is an incalculablyRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Zachary E. Larson • With 15 young men from six countries, the International Schoenstatt Leaders’ school offered a new generation of leaders the chance to deepen their formation. For 33 days, members of the Schoenstatt International Male Youth stayed at the Original Shrine, the fount of graces. They followed the footsteps of Father Kentenich, meeting the communities he established and studying the milestones of his life. Above all, these Schoenstatt leaders, no matter from which country, focused their energy on fostering a joyful, purposeful international community. In theRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • “The Shrine is a mission, always” – the phrase from Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers, in the introduction, hangs in the air during a simple, multilingual celebration on the afternoon of 15 August for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, with a small crowd from many countries and languages, under the gentle drizzle of the German summer. The shrine is a mission, always – and especially when it comes to the Original Shrine, whose new rector, Fr.Read More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • “In the life of the Church the laity has the front seats. Their witness to the truth of the Gospel is essential. It shows us how faith and solidarity are lived in practice. I am grateful for all the laity who courageously risk their lives, who are not afraid, and who give hope to the poorest people, the excluded who stand at the margins.” A courageous statement during a family-like and international celebration of the Schoenstatt Institute of Brothers of Mary at the contract-consecration ofRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Zachary Larson • On July 10th, the yearly Schoenstatt International Leaders’ School began. The “Escuela de Jefes” forms young men as leaders and “protagonists” for the Church and society. Living near the Original Shrine for five weeks, these leaders from seven nations form a community in the shadow of the Shrine. This year, they are staying and working in the Covenant House (Bundesheim), where Father Kentenich himself prepared leaders for the Schoenstatt Movement.— Following in Fr. Kentenich’s footsteps During the thirty-three intense days of the Leaders’ School, theRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio • New Rector of the Original Shrine will be Fr. PABLO JAVIER POL. P. Pol is a Schoenstatt Father, comes from Argentina, was born in 1969 and was ordained a priest in 2000. In his priestly ministry he has always worked in the Schoenstatt Movement, especially with the youth, but also in the family work and with the Pilgrim MTA, mainly in Buenos Aires and San Isidro, Argentina. Since some months he is in Schoenstatt as general bursar of the Schoenstatt Fathers.— On theRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Mary Cole • The renovation and refurbishments of the Original Shrine has been long in the planning. Ten years ago Agathe Hug, a busy gynaecologist, felt the need to “visit” the Original Shrine via her computer, as is possible at other places of grace and pilgrimage, and so was born the idea to have a webcam in the Original Shrine. Since then she and her family have brought schoenstatt-tv into existence. At first it was controversial, but the various jubilees and other celebrations have proved its worth, andRead More
 ORIGINAL SHRINE, Roberto González • As of February 1st, the Original Shrine has re-opened, resuming all its activities as usual.— The interior restoration of the Original Shrine is finished and some stages are lacking on the exterior, because they could not be completed as planned due to the recent cold and snow. Our beloved shrine with its open doors and refurbished, bright interior, welcomed us back home on the eve of Candlemas.   All spiffed up During three weeks, the Blessed Mother and Jesus made a short pilgrimage throughout allRead More